Founded in Suffolk in 2002 after an inspirational holiday in the Auvergne National Forest in France, Go Ape! is the brainchild of Tristram and Rebecca Mayhew, who gave up their jobs to set up this tree-top activity venture. The company attracts visitors as young as 10, though most are 18-35, and many come in groups such as corporate outings and stag and hen parties. The company has 17 courses offering physically and mentally challenging fun high up in the trees with the aim of also developing life skills. The concept is paying off: sales grew 64% a year from £1.4m in 2004 to £6.1m in 2007
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